• Ep. 1: The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • May 24 2021
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Podcast
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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  • Summary

  • A new version of this timeless classic starring Stephen Fry. 

    Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn. 

    Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth starts to unravel.

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absolutely marvelous

A delightful rendition of a classic I have always loved. well read and acted! I would highly recommend this to any oscar wilde fan.

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Wilde is always worth it

However, Stephen Fry is not particularly special in his characterization. Sound design very annoying in Act ll. Buzzing of need is unvarying and unceasing. Listen for the wit

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random pick delightful surprise

this was a random pick but it surprised me. A funny tasteful quick silly delight.

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Absolutely Great

I can see why Oscar Wilde is so famous , but the narration was incredible too.

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Excellent production

I’ve always enjoyed Fry’s performances and he certainly does not disappoint in this performance. The rest of the cast is just as good. I did wonder, with all the excellent actresses in the world, if it were right to give one of the premiere female roles to a man but that is more a question to be directed to the producers and not to Mr. Fry. As it is it is entertaining and excellent and I highly recommend everyone to listen to it.

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Refreshingly fun to listen to.

I had totally forgotten what an enormous talent Oscar Wilde was. His wit, his play on words, his humor. To suddenly find yourself giggling out loud and looking about to find strangers in an airplane either glaring at the interruption or smiling with envy at your joy. It's so good.

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Delightful comedy

The brilliant Stephen Fry is hilarious as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's witty, frothy, comedy. The entire cast is excellent.

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Masterpiece

Oscar Wilde was a genius at comedic satire!!!! I love all of his work. Great men do acquire great things.

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Three Times and Counting

The ensemble was totally delightful. It's my third time to listen to this wonderful Oscar Wilde comedy, and it certainly won't be the last. Congratulations to the cast, production and creative staff!

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It was fun

This could be a play. Very nice dramedy~ Oscar is very good with his words.

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  • 03-17-22

loved this book!

loved this one! constant laughs 😃 obviously!. the scene in the countryside that had flies buzzing sounded so real, I was constantly waving my hands.
Great pick!

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  • 02-09-22

Not much to say

I don’t have much to say except this is a real gem! Great performance of this hilarious piece

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  • 09-19-21

A delightful rendition

A classic tale brought to life by the cast and production team. An absolute pleasure to listen to.

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  • M86
  • 08-14-21

Charming and Funny

Very enjoyable. I am not familiar with the story, was funny and well produced.

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  • Nick
  • 08-01-21

Wonderfully performed

As a busy driver, podcasts and audio books keep me going,. Enjoyed many audiables but disappointed with a few. This story was so nice and well preformed. Love it and left wanting more.